The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover". IYA2009 NZ National Node
The star-filled night fascinates us all. People have gazed upward at it in wonder and awe for thousands of years. Regardless of earthly differences in culture, nationality or religion, the heavens are a common meeting ground for all of Earth's inhabitants. The boundaries we place between us vanish when we look skyward. Whoever, whatever or wherever we are, we all share the same sky.
more info at Astronomers Without Borders
Composer Warwick Blair presents a four-hour preview of his forthcoming project Stars, a 24-hour-long audio-visual project inspired by the Indian concept of anoraniyan mahatomahiyan, which proposes an intertwined relationship between the cosmos and human body. Blair's composition draws from gandharva music, which applies particular qualities to specific times of the day, and incorporates electronic backing and vocals from Sandhya Rao Badakere.
The Gus Fisher Gallery
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Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 12-4pm; closed Public Holidays
Be continued forever, the wild spirits of Te Raekaihau
Wellington Marine Conservation Trust has withdrawn its High Court appeal against an Environment Court decision that denied resource consent for the proposed $20 million marine education centre at
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students into space
The Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban will launch a secondary school textbook
on astronomy and space in the library at Aotea College on Monday 17
September. The book, Astronomy Aotearoa, teaches the new curriculum
in astronomy and space exploration for secondary school students.
Three years ago the Government introduced new NCEA standards for astronomy
and students can now gain up to 12 NCEA credits for study in this science.
Government intends that this curriculum will spark the interest of students
in science and technology. It is a part of our country’s effort
towards a knowledge economy. The book brings into focus the achievements
of ancient peoples, including Maori and Pasifika, New Zealand astronomers
at work today, and the history of Western science.
It introduces students to Newton, Einstein, and Hawking.
Pearson Education New Zealand published the book in cooperation with
the Carter Observatory. The author is Robert Shaw from Porirua City.
The book features the work of Anaru Reedy of Te Wananga O Aotearoa,
and New Zealand photographers including Paul
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One of the Astronomy Aotearoa contributors,
Paul Moss, holding a pre-release of the book.
Photo and artwork by Paul Moss
want to especially note the incredible fortitude and strengths of one
to two hundred Wellingtonians that are prepared to brave a GALE FORCE
wind laden with salt for many hours. I measured 10.8 degrees dropping
to 10.5 later, and that’s in the shelter of the motor vehicle,
not taking into account wind chill. The wind was 70km/hr dropping to
50km/hr sustained, until around 11pm when it dropped noticeably. We
were rewarded with the best views in Wellington, even the Milky Way
appeared during totality, a once in a life time experience for most
of us. I saw the moon as a ‘rock in space’ for the second
time only, ever. It had a 3d quality through the refractor that blew
me away. I must also thank all the firstname.lastname@example.org for such
a buildup and preparation, support and encouragement. You guys rock!
I’m esp grateful to the last minute weather reports, to try and
understand the weather, and the rapid delivery of pics back to the list,
very cool guys!! I experienced the largest astro gathering ever in my
life (unfunded, outside of public funded events).” Quote from
Paul Moss, Sharing Spacewww.astronomy.net.nz
little snipett.. Paul Moss gets
published again later this year.
*Astronomy Aotearoa: NCEA
Level 1 This title is published in New Zealand
*Author: Robert Shaw
*Format: Paperback ; 88 pp
*Published: Not Yet Published; Expected date: 21/11/2007
by many New Zealanders, including Paul
"The Partial Lunar Eclipse on August 17th 2008 will be visible at Moonset for all of Australia, Asia and New Zealand, though New Zealanders will only see the Penumbral stage." more at Ice In Space here.
adjust for magnetic declination
Observing Stars, Planets, Moon and clouds
this month!!! Early August 2008
Dance of the Planets (2 August to 10 August)
If you go watch the western horizon during twilight for the next week, you will see some amazing things. Starting on Saturday August 2, the Crescent Moon, Venus, Regulus, Saturn and Mars form a terrific lineup. You will need a flat, unobstructed horizon to see this, as the Moon and Venus will be just under a handspan and a half above the western horizon half an hour after sunset (start looking around this time). Then on August 3 the Moon is near Saturn, and on August 4th the Moon is near Mars. During this time Venus draw close to Regulus, and on August 5-6 Venus and Regulus are close. Mercury then joins the lineup, and by August 10 Mercury and Regulus are close. At this time you can easily see all 5 classic planets that are visible to the unaided eye (Mercury, Venus and Mars and Saturn in the West, Jupiter in the east).
There is still more planetary dancing to come after that, but this is enough for now.
Ian Musgrave Peta O'Donohue, Jack Francis, Michael James
and Andrew Thomas Musgrave - join the email newsletter here: http://home.mira.net/~reynella/Southern Sky Watch
First image from August.:
THE PLANETS IN AUGUST(abridged from RASNZ newsletter)
All five naked eye planets will be visible at some time in the evening sky during August, four only for a short time after sunset.
Early in the month, 4 planets, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Mars will be strung out, almost equally spaced, in the early evening sky. At first Mercury will be too close to the Sun to see, and only the other 3 will be visible. On the first few evenings of the month, Venus will be very low shortly after sunset and will itself be set before the sky is dark enough to see Saturn and Mars. read more at RASNZ web site join the emaillist.
and 7th July the moon is on the other end... more its Regulus, Mars, Saturn, Moon. watch on the 10th/11th for the conjunction of Saturn and Mars.
its Moon, Regulus, Mars, Saturn, (label is wrong)
Click on image to see more images of line-up
From Ian Musgrave, Adelaide, Australia:
"In the early evening Mars, Regulus and Saturn are putting on a show, and watching them over the next few days will be rewarding. Mars is now rapidly approaching Regulus, and will be very close on 30 June, 1 and 2 July. Mars and Regulus will be at their closest on 1 July. Together these two objects will make a narrow triangle with Saturn, a lovely sight in the evening sky. Mars then overtakes Regulus and heads for Saturn. On Saturday July 6, the crescent Moon, Mars, Regulus and Saturn are in a spectacular line up. This line up would be a good subject for the sketching the sky competition, so why not get the pencils and paper out and have a go.. COMPETITION here
In the early morning Mercury is becoming quite prominent, and is in a beautiful location below Alderbaran and the Hyades. On Monday morning the crescent Moon, Alderbaran and Mercury from a nice triangle easily visible an hour before sunrise. COMETWith the waning of the Moon, now is a good time to see Comet 2007 W1 Boattini. It is currently just above Orion and very easy to spot in binoculars.
|A spotters map showing the eastern horizon an hour and a half before sunrise is here and a detailed map suitable for printing with the field of view of 10x50 binoculars indicated by a circle is here
. Use the spotters map to locate the general area of the comet, then the detailed map to make sense of what you are seeing in binoculars.
from Ian Musgrave Peta O'Donohue, Jack Francis, Michael James and Andrew Thomas Musgrave email@example.com://home.mira.net/~reynella/
Southern Sky Watch http://www.abc.net.au/science/space/default.htm
Remember the information is intended for the southern hemisphere skygazer.
Seals recognise and orientate themselves with the stars…
we've heard bees use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate by. We've also heard about some bird species following the Sun to find the location of their evening roost. But what do we know about the animals living at sea? Do they use astronomical aids to help them find their way around the planet? Mammals such as whales are known to exhibit "skyhopping" behaviour when they surface from the water to have a look around, but seals go one step further; they can recognise and orientate themselves with the stars… more http://www.universetoday.com/2008/06/17/seals-use-astronomy-as-navigation-aid/
Comet Boatini Images - Te Rae Kai Hau Point June 15th 2008
images by Paul Moss - click for 1024 pixel versions
Day Sky Images - CZA and Sundogs
(Circumzenithal Arc and Parhelia. Wellington New Zealand. June 2008)
CZA photo by Ray Ching and Paul Moss
CZA photo by Ray Ching and Paul Moss
Parhelia (sundog) photo by Ray Ching
Parhelia (sundog) over Wellington Harbour photo by Ray Ching
Night Sky Images - STARS and Comet (The Milky Way and Comet Boatini. Ahiaruhe, Wairarapa. June 2008)
Astronomy Aotearoahas made the shortlist for the BPANZ Design Awards in the Educational category. It is a huge honour to have made the short list, and we are all hoping that it will take top honours. Congratulations to the Author Robert Shaw, and the Editing and Layout Design by Marie Low. see more here
Astronomy Day is a grass roots movement designed to share the joy of astronomy with the general population - "Bringing Astronomy to the People."� On Astronomy Day, thousands of people who have never looked through a telescope will have an opportunity to see first hand what has so many amateur and professional astronomers all excited.� Astronomy clubs, science museums, observatories, universities, planetariums, laboratories, libraries, and nature centers host special events and activities to acquaint their population with local astronomical resources and facilities.� Many of these events are located at non-astronomical sites; shopping malls, parks, urban centers-truly Bringing Astronomy to the People.� It is an astronomical PR event that helps highlight ways the general public can get involved with astronomy - or at least get some of their questions about astronomy answered.� Astronomy Week encompasses Astronomy Day starting on the previous Monday and ending on the following Sunday.�
The theme of Astronomy Day is "Bringing Astronomy to the People," but on occasion there is an additional theme (but not always) when conditions warrant.� This additional theme is often decided just a few months prior to Astronomy Day so be sure to check this web site annually for any additional theme.�
The Moon - by Dmtri (more of Dmtri's pics on the ISAN2008 page here)
ISAN 2008 Wellington NZ
Bonnevue Pictures interviewing at ISAN 2008 -
From right: Ken Kopelson, (- Producer / Director / Writer), Paul Moss (ISAN NZ Organiser), Roland Idaczyk (IYA2009 NZ Webmaster), Ann Kopelson ( Producer / Writer),
and Anaru Reedy (maori Astronomy/Navigation).
April 12th 2008 will be the second international sidewalk astronomy night and we invite all amateur astronomers to join us! We'll have telescopes out on the street corners, in front of movie theaters, in state and national parks, in city centre parks ... anywhere there are crowds of people!
Our goal is to take scopes to the public on the same night worldwide, reaching hundreds of thousands of people and uniting amateur astronomers on different continents. We also hope many amateurs will try and like this different approach to astronomy outreach and will continue to hold sidewalk observing sessions throughout the year.
The events don't have to be large, one or two scopes at a location will be enough and if your club has more scopes and members, why not set up multiple observing sites around your city? We know that many clubs and organizations have regularly scheduled public events at local observatories and planetariums, so we hope that you can spare one or two members for sidewalk observing. official ISAN site here
International Sidewalk Astronomy Day/Night
April 12th 2008 1pm to 11pm Waterfront
Queens Wharf near sails and Rainbow Warrior MAP here night sky activity
see 2007 event here
NEWS: STARS MOVIE nearly finished,
Warwick Blair's STARS musical composition is complete, the companion movie is nearing completion. The first 24 hour premiere of both works will appear as one installation at the National Film Archive in November 2008. Later this year, 6 movies will tour Art galleries across NZ with the composition, with 8 hour performances at some locations.
Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.
This simple act has captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world. As a result, at 8pm March 29, 2008 millions of people in some of the world’s major capital cities, including Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tel Aviv will unite and switch off for Earth Hour.
Images from the South Coast Solar Eclipse Event
- Thursday February 7th 2008
Te Rae Kai Hau Point
Toa, Roland, Gary, Hari, and Haritoa, 4 months, enjoyed the event... cool..
On Thursday afternoon (7th February 2008) a large chunk of the Sun will disappear as the Moon covers it in a partial solar eclipse. This rare event only happens every few years from Gisborne’s perspective. At first a small bite of the Sun will disappear at 4:43pm and then the Moon will progressively cover the Sun until its greatest coverage of 63% at 5:49pm. From there it will move off the Sun until it is all over at 6:49pm.
A partial solar eclipse isn’t nearly as spectacular as a total solar eclipse when the Sun is completely covered for a few minutes. Nevertheless, it’s still an amazing sight to behold – however, sight is the thing to beware of as any attempt to look at the Sun with binoculars or a telescope (or even the naked eye) can result in blindness. The Gisborne Astronomical Society is opening the Cook Observatory on Kaiti Hill from 4:45pm this Thursday to show people how to view the event safely.
This is the first partial solar eclipse visible from New Zealand since
April 2005. The next will not be until November 2011. So the general consensus is, make the most of this one!
For more details go to the Gisborne Astronomical Society website:
Carter Observatory, Wellington, New Zealand. Image copyright 2008 by Paul Moss
Lets remember Carter Observatory. One of my fond memories from last summer, Bill and I tried all sorts
of angles to achieve the composition, thanks Bill.
Lets reduce the light pollution, lower our energy use,
help the nocturnal animals get healthier,
share the treasures of the sky.
Scapes Four - Marama
Three Scapes Four - Marama, Te Rae Kai Hau Point,
Wellington, 26 September 2007. 5pm onwards
Full Moon Rising with awesome South Coast Sunset, telescopes, maybe
fire and drums.. celebrate the open spaces of the Wellington South Coast.
Warm clothing and hot drinks recommended! Bring cameras and learn astro
photography... learn about the Wellington Community and understand the
local body election from the residents viewpoint..
almost full moon will be visible for 44 minutes with the sun, before
sunset.) more info text 021 440 443
Paul Moss celibrating at Te Rae Kai Hau Point with friends
(self portrait photo assisted by Roland) and more at http://www.sky.org.nz